Although generically labeled as a “recurring” form of headache, medical research concludes that a migraine headache is a genetic neurological disorder. Migraines are a painfully severe form of headache that afflicts millions of people around the world including children, with women accounting for a significant number of sufferers among them. In the US alone, an estimated 30 million people endure the disabling effects of migraine headaches and find temporary relief with medicine specially formulated to lessen the discomfort of migraine sufferers.
The search for a cure is on
While normal headaches, like common colds, both are tolerable and curable with mild medication and treatment. Current neurological research findings reveal that a migraine headache is a potentially “chronic and progressive disease”—controllable with a variety of pain-killing drugs and other medication, but not curable, as of now.
Medical researchers are working round the clock to analyze migraine headache causes and symptoms, and more importantly, to produce an effective drug to fight this debilitating disease. Medication and treatment to cure migraine headaches has still not seen the light of day.
Currently, Mayo Clinic researchers, based in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona are taking a closer look at “Telcagepant,” a promising new migraine-specific drug. An international study, reported by British medical journal Lancet, has found this new drug to be highly effective in providing relief to migraine sufferers with fewer side effects than the current and widely used “Triptan” medication. The study concluded that Telcagepant had far lower adverse side effects associated with Triptan medication, such as dizziness, hot flushes, insomnia, fatigue, nausea, and dry mouth, among others.
Migraine headache causes
Contrary to widespread belief and unfounded information, and what so-called “migraine experts” may tell you, there are no natural remedies, quick fixes, drugs, or other medication that can cure migraines. This is affirmed by top neurological experts based on decades of solid research.
Migraines are a neurological disease that is caused by genetics and therefore inherited. Stress or psychological problems do not cause migraine headaches, but can be considered as triggers of this dreaded disease such as alcohol, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, shellfish, nuts, and sugar, among others.
According to statistical details and research over the years, women and migraines are almost synonymous. In general, it has been observed that migraine headaches mainly afflict middle-aged women particularly those in pre and post menopause. However, this may be more the exception than the rule, as today, an untold number of young, adults, women and children suffer from migraine headaches
Seek treatment without delay
A good indicator of whether you are afflicted by this disease is to find out whether one of your parents, grandparents, or any close elderly relatives suffer from migraine. If one of them does, there’s a 50 percent chance that you may either have, or later contract, a migraine headache.
Migraine headaches can significantly disrupt your normal everyday life, but perhaps, there’s hope at hand. Thanks to painstaking, ongoing research, there’s every chance that an effective drug or treatment to eliminate the pain and suffering will be found, sooner rather than later … and cross your fingers … possibly, a cure.